Felipe Massa has flown back to Brazil nine days after the life-threatening accident at the Hungarian grand prix that left the Ferrari driver with a fractured skull.
The Brazilian was in an induced coma and on a respirator for several days following the incident, in which a metal spring struck his helmet before he crashed into a tyre wall, but has now been released from hospital and says he can’t remember the incident at all.
‘I know that something happened to me, but I didn't feel anything when it happened,’ he said. ‘They told me that I lost consciousness at the moment of the spring's impact on my helmet and I ran into the barriers, then I woke up in hospital two days later.
‘I don't remember anything, and that's why what the doctors did had to be explained to me. When I saw Rob [Smedley, his race engineer], he asked me if I remembered Rubens, but the last thing I remembered was when I was behind him at the end of my fast lap in Q2, and then it's blank. It's difficult to explain, but I'm feeling much better now and I want to recover as soon as possible to get back behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
‘Many things have happened over the last days and I want to get back to a normal life. I want to get back into the best possible condition, doing things you do every day.’